What Are the Rules of Being at a Crime Scene

What are the rules of being at a crime scene?

  • The media cannot be restricted from taking recordings if they are on public property, outside the cordoned area of the crime scene and open to public view. Media recordings taken from outside the crime scene on private property also cannot be restricted unless access is denied by the property owner.
  • Law enforcement officers may answer questions from the media concerning a situation in which they are directly involved, provided it doesn't interfere with their duties and meets department guidelines related to investigation.
  • The media should follow directions given by officers on scene. If a member of the media believes that an officer is unduly restricting their right of access, they are invited to immediately contact the shift supervisor via dispatch (208) 529-1200. Or if unavailable, contact the Chief of Police for quick resolution.